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A HISTORY OF THE ASYLUMS FOR THE INSANE IN MICHIGAN

BY HENRY M. HURD, M. D.

Resolved, That the committee on State affairs be requested to consider and report upon the propriety of establishing under the patronage and supervision of the State an asylum for the insane and blind. "
Upon February l", 1848, the committee on public lands through its chairman, Senator Rix Robinson, reported in favor of the establishment of asylums for the blind, the deaf and dumb and the insane, and suggested the propriety of "appropriating the sales of salt spring lands to the erection of suitable buildings for these unfortunate classes, and for procuring for them proper care and instruction. " Xo better commentary could be found upon the inadequate conception the committee had of the expense of erecting and maintaining such asylums than the statement which followed, to the effect that the proceeds of all these lands if. sold would be $57, 600, "A sum which would be ample for many years to secure these humane and benevolent purposes. " The report of the committee concluded as follows: "The committee feel that they cannot too earnestly recommend the subject to the attention of the Legislature. Here is an opportunity presented of discharging a high and responsible duty without increasing the burthen of taxation. "
Upon the 8th day of February, 1848, Senator N. A. Balch, of Kalamazoo, offered the following resolution, which was adopted: "Resolved, That the committee on public lands be required to inquire A bill for the establishment of an asylum for the deaf and dumb, and the blind, and also an asylum for the insane of the State of Michigan, was drafted by the Hon. E. H. Thomson of Flint, but introduced by Senator Danforth of Mason, and was finally passed during one of the last days of the session.

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